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Second most common malaria parasite takes unrealized toll on human health

The malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) causes frequent, chronic infections that represent a major unrecognized burden on global health, according to a review by Kevin Baird of the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Indonesia and Katherine Battle of the Institute for Disease Modeling in the United States publishing October 7th in the open access […]

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New study finds medical debt is a double whammy for the poor

Earlier this summer, Stanford economist Neale Mahoney sounded an alarm with a study he coauthored: Americans have at least $140 billion in unpaid health care bills sitting in collection agencies—making the country’s medical debt crisis far bigger than anyone had realized. Now, in plumbing the repercussions, his latest research finds evidence suggesting that people saddled […]

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Nature-based activities can improve mood and reduce anxiety, new study shows

Outdoor nature-based activities are effective for improving mental health in adults, including those with pre-existing mental health problems, a new study has found. The research—led by the University of York—showed that taking part in outdoor, nature-based activities led to improved mood, less anxiety, and positive emotions. The study found that activities lasting for 20 to […]

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Steps in the development of the brain’s cellular geography revealed by new studies

Two new studies of the developing human brain are helping researchers reconcile a long-held debate over how the brain forms. The research appears Oct. 6 in a special issue of Nature highlighting studies that contribute to a cell census, or “parts list,” of the brain. The UC San Francisco papers shed light on how the […]

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Could an app help kids with severe ear condition avoid surgery?

A pair of special headphones plus a free app might help kids with hearing difficulty due to “glue ear,” a new, small study suggests. Glue ear is slang for a condition called otitis media with effusion (OME), where thick fluid builds up in the middle ear. It’s very common in young children but strikes older […]

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Stress pushes brain cancer cells to adapt, shows study

Glioblastoma multiformes is a potentially devastating brain tumor. Now, a collaboration between UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is discovering what makes them so adaptable and dangerous and sometimes able to evade treatments. Gliomas are insidious tumors that originate from the glia, the supportive tissue in the brain. They grow through the brain and […]

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Researchers find potential cognitive benefits of major Alzheimer’s risk gene

A well-known gene that increases Alzheimer’s risk, called APOE4, has now been linked with better visual working memory in older adults, finds a new study led by University College London researchers. The findings published in Nature Aging are based in study of a unique group of volunteers, who were all born in the same week […]